Wonderful. Matt is such a sweet guy and I loved Hailey too. Her initial nerves around "Math" were hilarious. My only complaint is I wish the book wasWonderful. Matt is such a sweet guy and I loved Hailey too. Her initial nerves around "Math" were hilarious. My only complaint is I wish the book was longer because I did not want to leave these characters behind....more
Eric Hamilton is struck dumb in the courtroom when he notices the court reporter. He wants to know her name immediately because he has big plans for tEric Hamilton is struck dumb in the courtroom when he notices the court reporter. He wants to know her name immediately because he has big plans for this beautiful woman. Unfortunately for him, Shelby Jefferson has seen Eric’s love ’em and leave ’em behavior for the past six months so she is not falling for it. Shelby has been working in the courts with Eric for six months and if that isn’t the worst thing, they also happened to be living in the same apartment complex and he has never said one thing to her before. Suddenly, a shorter skirt and her hair down means he is ready to notice her. Shelby isn’t having any of it.
But Eric is persistent. The more he gets to know Shelby, the more he just plain likes her. She is funny, blunt, smart, and not at all afraid to put him in his place. But Shelby wants no part of even dating Eric. She has plans to get out of Atlanta. She is searching for a new job in any small town willing to hire her. After moving to Atlanta for a guy, and getting her heartbroken and being left broke and down on her luck, Shelby is all about making her own future and that future she wants is not in Atlanta. For Eric, this is tough because he wants to make partner at his law firm. But he also really, really likes Shelby and though he is hesitant to use the R word (RELATIONSHIP!), he is starting to think the potential for something between them is too strong to resist.
Diane Alberts really charmed me with Romancing the Bachelor. I loved the chemistry between Eric and Shelby. I also really liked that Shelby wasn’t going to put up with any guff from Eric. She’s seen his playbook play out as it were and she is not impressed (or so she tells herself). But the more she gets to know him, past the facade of the playboy lawyer, the more she realizes that Eric is worth fighting for and that frightens her. She does not want to become dependent on a man again, not for her happiness or comfort. And I can definitely understand Shelby’s feelings on this topic but I was really hoping she would realize that maybe she could have the best of both worlds: Eric and her independent spirit.
I appreciated that these two did not change their minds on their perspective futures overnight. Eric especially took some time because he never really thought he wanted to be part of a long-lasting relationship. I’m glad he came to his senses! I really appreciated the big gesture at the end to prove to Shelby that she is what he wants more than anything in the world.
Romancing the Bachelor is a fun and sparkling romance story. Eric and Shelby had some walls to break down to make their new relationship a go, but it was well worth it. Diane Alberts definitely has written a super sweet romance perfect for any fan of the genre!...more
Tempting Her Neighbor is a sweet and sexy new novella from Laura Jardine. Rachel Malone has lived in the super small town of Georgeville all her life.Tempting Her Neighbor is a sweet and sexy new novella from Laura Jardine. Rachel Malone has lived in the super small town of Georgeville all her life. She has dreamed of moving away but admits to herself she is a bit scared. There is a small comfort to being around the people she has known all her life. Unfortunately, one of the main downsides to that is that is definitely hard to meet a man. When Rachel gets a new neighbor, she sees her chance to have a hot fling before she leaves town.
Cole moved to Georgeville to escape big city life. He wants to be left alone to his curmudgeonly ways. With Rachel as his neighbor however, he is very distracted. She is friendly and sweet to him, bringing him a lasagna and offering more than food too. Cole hasn’t had much luck with women and he really does not want Rachel to fall for him because he just wants to be left alone. Their attraction is strong though and soon they are spending more and more time in bed together and it feels good to both of them. But something this good cannot last forever, especially when Rachel is finally ready to take the chance and leave her small town behind forever.
I really, really liked Rachel. She is sweet and just a nice all around woman. And oh yeah, she happens to really enjoy sex, which, in a small town has gotten her a bad reputation. She does not like hearing men talk about her behind her back. Like any woman, it just does not feel good. I appreciated her honesty with Cole in the fact that she was just looking for a fling.
Of course, like any romance story, a fling is easier said than done. Cole falls pretty hard for Rachel, really quickly. It’s kind of an insta-love situation but I really appreciated that Cole embraced the fact that he was in love. He was not expecting it by any means but he is ready go all out with his new feelings.
Tempting Her Neighbor is definitely more of a novella than a full story so the pace of the story is quick, quick, quick. Rachel and Cole meet, they fall into bed, and soon enough they are examining their feelings. Laura Jardine gives the story enough emotional heft that, for me, I was able to believe into their new found feelings together. Additionally, I liked the time jump at the end. It fit their characters without it being a totally perfect happy ever after quite yet. After all, these two are still getting to know each other in many ways.
Laura Jardine is a new-to-me author but I’m excited to give her another chance. Tempting Her Neighbor features a woman who embraces and enjoys her sexuality. That is a character I can get behind!...more
A new Lauren Layne book? It makes my heart leap for joy because I just tend to fall in love with everything she writes. And well, I am a total clicheA new Lauren Layne book? It makes my heart leap for joy because I just tend to fall in love with everything she writes. And well, I am a total cliche because I definitely fell hard for Andrew Mulroney and Georgie Watkins in Walk of Shame. There is just such a boundless energy of bliss between these two (much as Andrew would like to deny it). Their first meeting sets the stage for the book as these two battle their growing affections for each other.
Georgie is a bit of a party girl, a rich heiress who does not need to work for a living. Yes, she has that Kim Kardashian vibe about her, she even admits it. But if that is not your typical favorite kind of character, don’t despair because I just about guarantee that Georgie will win you over. She is smart-mouthed, funny, sweet, and kind. She knows she has the world at her feet but she isn’t going to brag about it.
Andrew is pretty much her exact opposite. He is THE up-and-coming divorce lawyer to the stars and is very much in demand. Which is why he has to workout at 5:00AM. That is when Andrew and Georgie’s morning run-ins start taking place. She’s coming in from a night at the clubs, he is heading out to get his day started. Totally night and day as it were! The crackling tension between them definitely belies the fact that they supposedly don’t like each other very much.
When Andrew and Georgie are caught kissing by a paparazzi, their worlds truly do collide. What begins as a bit of a fake-out gets real all too quickly.
There is just so much to love about this book. I thoroughly enjoyed Georgie. She is irreverent, smart, works hard and plays hard, and is all around charming. She screams vivacious but not in an annoying way. She appreciates life, loves her family, and adores being around her friends. Fitting Andrew into that picture is not easy at first but she soon realizes that it is crucial to her happiness.
Andrew is definitely more closed-off. He seems a bit mysterious at first until Lauren Layne digs into his character a bit more. It’s hard to imagine when he has time to sleep because it seems like he is working or exercising most of the time! (Not that the exercise can’t be appreciated, believe Georgie). Lauren Layne wrote one of my most favorite romance book quotes in sometime when she has Georgie describe Andrew thusly:
“If you’re wondering what Andrew Mulroney looks like while he’s in workout mode, picture this: Thor and Captain America somehow defeat biology and have a love child together. And call him Andrew.”
Andrew may look like a superhero but he doesn’t always have the right words to articulate his feelings for Georgiana. He makes mistakes, so does she. There is a great growth to their feelings for each other. And even though their romance takes place in a short span of time, for me, it felt very believable.
I really liked both of these characters. There is so much warmth to Georgie that it really does draw you in as a reader. She’s not a ditz, she’s not stupid, or any other stereotype you might believe about socialites. In fact, she’s a woman looking to shake things up in her own life. As for Andrew, I love the strong and silent type in my romance stories and while Layne plays up this aspect of his character in the beginning, by the end, Andrew’s own warmth and caring shows through. It’s not as in your face as Georgiana’s version but it is clear as a bell that when he cares, he cares deeply.
Walk of Shame is a feel-good romance with sex appeal coming out of the pages. Walk of Shame is available now and it deserves a place on your to-be-read pile....more
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Silver Silence and just wow. it blew me away. Nalini Singh continues to grow as a storyteller and writer. And ValeI was lucky enough to get an ARC of Silver Silence and just wow. it blew me away. Nalini Singh continues to grow as a storyteller and writer. And Valentin and Silver? Well, be prepared for fireworks and a beary good time!...more
I am excited today to be part of the release blast for Stacey Kennedy’s Heartbreaker. I lovThis review was originally posted on my blog on January 31.
I am excited today to be part of the release blast for Stacey Kennedy’s Heartbreaker. I love a good law enforcement romance and this features two people involved in law enforcement.
After her boyfriend breaks up with her, Joss is feeling lost and bereft. But she is also ready to try something new, to forget her ex-boyfriend. That’s when she meets Maddox and soon they are going at in the club’s bathroom. But it’s just one moment, just one small moment and it will never be repeated because Maddox does not do repeats.
One year later, Joss and Maddox are brought together again. And the sexual tension between them is hotter than ever. But now Maddox is Joss’s superior at the police station. She is his subordinate and there is no way they can be together, if even for just a fling. Maddox and Joss crave each other however and it isn’t long before the tension between them is leading to sexual release.
The tagline for Heartbreaker is “filthy dirty love” and this book definitely holds true to that. Talk about sexy! Maddox knows just how to make Joss feel alive. And Maddox is a master in the bedroom. While I wouldn’t qualify this book as a BDSM story, there are very strong hints of it in the way Maddox takes care of Joss during their sexual encounters. It is not love at first but as the story continues these two get a lot closer. It is difficult though because they are both hiding parts of themselves from each other.
Stacey Kennedy does a good job of working in the conflicts these two face on a professional level even if it tended to end a little easier on that storyline than I expected. Mostly, I just really enjoyed watching these two fall for each other. It was not easy on either of them because they had convinced themselves that there was no way the could be in love but of course, any romance reader knows that love is exactly what these two need in their lives.
If you’re in the mood for a really sexy and dirty (in a very romantic way!) story, I recommend Heartbreaker. I am excited to see what the second story in the series will be about. Joss and Maddox are going to break your heart just the tiniest bit but it’s worth it!...more
Back in 2015, I read Claudia Connor’s Worth the Risk and while I really liked the main coupleThis review is originally from my blog, posted on 1/9/17.
Back in 2015, I read Claudia Connor’s Worth the Risk and while I really liked the main couple in the book, it was two side characters whose story I really wanted to hear. Mia and Nick had a rocky past, that much was evident. Well, it took some time but Claudia Connor finally has released Nick and Mia’s story in Worth the Wait.
When Nick discovers that his sister, Hannah, has begun seeing his ex, Mia, as her therapist, he is shocked. He hasn’t seen Mia in ten years. Not since Mia walked out on him after some cruel words. Nick doesn’t know how to feel. What he had with Mia was out of this world but so much happened between when they met in college and when they started their careers. Nick became increasingly closed-off and unable to communicate with Mia. And Mia, she felt lost and like Nick blamed her for the kidnapping of his sister, Hannah. Their once promising relationship ended with a brutal bang.
Now in the present, Mia is very conflicted about her feelings about seeing Nick again. Add to that the fact that she hasn’t processed the loss of her adopted daughter, and Mia is a big ball of emotions. Nick never thought he’d have the chance to be with Mia again. He can’t get her out of his mind and he wonders if there is a possibility for them to try again. But can either of them ever put their complicated past behind them?
I want to start by saying that I think it is important to read Worth the Risk before this book. So much of what Nick feels and deals with in Worth the Wait begins in Worth the Risk. The two stories are very entwined, especially within say the first quarter of the book. It’s not like you won’t understand what is going on but I feel like your understanding of Nick and Mia will be richer if you have read Hannah’s book.
The book starts off by going back and forth from the past to the present. Claudia Connor makes this work pretty well. I never felt confused but part of me wished all the past information had just been contained in something like a “Part 1” of the book. But that’s a personal reader preference. I do truly believe Connor did a good job entwining these elements.
This is a heavy story. I cried during a lot of it. Mia and Nick both have really personal emotional burdens facing them. It was a tough read for me because I felt so strongly for these characters. I felt their pain and loss very acutely. Claudia Connor brings her A-game when it comes to the emotional bond between Mia and Nick. It is strong, despite the pain and the loss these two have shared together.
While the book ends on a happy note, it is kind of bittersweet too. Part of me kept hoping that Mia would get her adopted child back which I know is unrealistic but man, this woman has been through a lot of tough things. I just wanted a win for her.
I liked this book but it’s not a book I can see myself re-reading easily. Too much pain. If you’re in the mood for a satisfying cry though I can wholeheartedly recommend Worth the Wait. I’m still very excited for what future books Claudia Connor has up her sleeve. I’m hoping to see more of the Walker brothers. Claudia Connor did a great job of bringing the Walker family to life and I really enjoyed the complicated relationships between Nick and his three brothers. And the relationship between Nick and Hannah is top-notch.
This books is available on January 10, 2017. I think if you’ve enjoyed other Claudia Connor stories in the past, Worth the Wait will be a satisfying story for you....more
FABULOUS! I really loved Chloe and her anxiety because it resonates with me. I'm a very anxious person. I loved her sense of humor and just how nice sFABULOUS! I really loved Chloe and her anxiety because it resonates with me. I'm a very anxious person. I loved her sense of humor and just how nice she is. And Boyd. Damn. He proved to be a great match for Chloe!...more
Enjoyed this. Similar in style to Kinsella's other books but it felt like cozying up with a good friend. Full review to come but if you can handle theEnjoyed this. Similar in style to Kinsella's other books but it felt like cozying up with a good friend. Full review to come but if you can handle the female characters she writes, I think you will like this book....more
This is one of the few holiday books I’ve read so far this year and it proved to be a real treat.Review from my book blog, Treat Yourself with Books.
This is one of the few holiday books I’ve read so far this year and it proved to be a real treat. Kennedy Pepperdine is about to finally meet her fiance’s family. It’s been a long time coming for Kennedy and Justin. At one point, Kennedy even had her own doubts about whether Justin truly was the guy for her. Of course, being a matchmaker, and making your living making the best matches, Kennedy was out to prove her doubts wrong. Her computer software remains a success because she successfully matched herself with Justin.
As romance readers, we know that nothing is this easy. And well, you’d be right. When Matt Ellis, Justin’s brother, meets his new fiancee, he immediately recognizes Kennedy as the woman he shared a steam kiss with while stuck in an elevator in Las Vegas a few months back. Matt’s instincts are up because he remembers that elevator moment all too well. Kennedy had been expressing her uncertainty about her relationship but now, here she is, showing up as Justin’s fiancee? Something doesn’t feel right to Matt (though he refuses to acknowledge that he wants Kennedy for himself).
I am a big fan of stories where the woman finds herself set-up with the wrong brother. I have no idea why but it’s just a storyline that has always appealed to me. And that proves true again here. Jennifer Shirk does a great job of setting up Matt and Kennedy’s attraction. It is very clear to the reader that Kennedy is with the wrong guy but she has put so much of herself into her business that she refuses to be set off course. I appreciate a devoted business owner and Kennedy is definitely that. But as she learns, that devotion may come at the expense of her own happiness.
I also liked the fact that the author never made Justin out to be a bad guy. He was a workaholic for sure, but it is clear that he does care about Kennedy. Unfortunately, her heart just was not into the match as much as she hoped. Kennedy has always yearned for a real family and that aspect of Justin’s home life really appeals to her. She gets along well with his mother and younger sister, and of course, sparks kind of fly with Matt. It proved to be a true conundrum for Kennedy between what her head was telling her was the way to go and between what her heart was telling her.
Matt is the head of the family since his father’s death and he takes that role seriously. Though he and Justin are not as close as he’d like, he still wants to see him happy. Unfortunately, his doubts about Justin’s relationship make him wary of trusting Kennedy. He will have to give himself wholly to her in order to find true happiness. These two business owners are determined to be successes in their chosen fields, but can that success lead to happiness in their personal lives? Only time will tell.
Also, major props to Jennifer Shirk for writing a romance I could immediately jump into without realizing that it was part of a series. Wrong Brother, Right Match is the third book in the Anyone But You series by Shirk but honestly, I couldn’t tell all that much. There are mentions of past couples but for the most part the focus of the book is on the present and on Kennedy, Matt, and poor Justin.
Wrong Brother, Right Match is a fast read with a great amount of heart and sweetness. This is my first book by Jennifer Shirk but I am eager to read the first books in this series now....more
Oh good gracious this book is fantastic! Boone is just glorious and I really liked the ups and downs of his relationship with Ivy. Looking forward toOh good gracious this book is fantastic! Boone is just glorious and I really liked the ups and downs of his relationship with Ivy. Looking forward to more stories feasting the Price brothers....more
Rachel Foster is not having the most pleasant of life lately. Her boyfriend cheaThis review originally appeared on my blog, Treat Yourself With Books.
Rachel Foster is not having the most pleasant of life lately. Her boyfriend cheated on her, she lost her job, and now, she is stuck pet-sitting a gigantic dog named Adonis. And while Adonis isn’t a huge problem, his barking is unfortunately. It has attracted the attention of the resident who lives above the apartment that Rachel is house-sitting. And Tag Crane is not happy with Adonis’s antics. But, he is a bit more forgiving when he meets Rachel. And it’s mostly because she’s gorgeous and Tag can’t resist a pretty woman.
Rachel has no time for romance right now. She is bartending to make ends meet while simultaneously pet-sitting and job hunting. Tag is a distraction she does not want in her life but somehow, maybe it’s Tag charming personality, they become friends. To make matters even better, Tag discovers that Rachel is kind of a whiz in helping him plan out a new bar area for one of the many hotels he manages. Tag is rich. He’s a wealthy Crane and while it doesn’t go to his head exactly, there is no denying he is used to women falling for him very easily. Rachel presents a very tempting package. Brains, beauty, and a dynamic personality that matches wits with him every step along the way. Soon work turns into something more. Rachel and Tag both assume they can handle a fling. But it may not be as easy to walk away when it’s over as they imagined.
Rachel and Tag have a really fun relationship from the get-go. It starts off with a bit of misconstrued identities but it definitely gets better! I really liked Rachel. She is working hard to get her life back on track. She is doing all the right things. Taking a short-term gig as a bartender again, she has a roommate, and she is sending out her resume. And to top it all off, she has a great business sense. She takes charge in the club atmosphere and works hard. The author establishes quickly that Rachel is taking charge of her life to the best of her ability.
Tag is a distraction but a definite pleasant one. The great thing is though, he works hard too. He definitely matches Rachel when it comes to making the most of your work day. He is a smart guy and recognizes business acumen when he sees it. He also recognizes attraction and believe me, these two are plenty attracted to each other. The chemistry is very strong from their opening scene together. But even though Tag is incredibly wealthy, I still felt like theirs was an equal relationship. There was a lot of give and take on both their parts. Rachel is not a freeloader by any means.
I also really, really enjoyed their interactions outside of their relationship with each other. I love when characters have full lives. Rachel has a best friend, Bree, who she goes to for relationship advice. They are very close. Tag has his brothers who he relies on enormously. Their banter together is great! Jessica Lemmon definitely knows how to write brothers who like to give each other crap but yeah, also love and support each other.
Lemmon’s writing style is really great too. The story just flowed well for me. Before I knew it, the book was half way over and I was so sad because I really liked spending time with Rachel and Tag. I’m excited to dig into the first book now. And this is another great point about this series. You don’t actually have to read the first book before starting this one. The Billionaire Next Door stands really well on its own.
The Billionaire Next Door proved to be a great romance for me. I’m excited that I discovered a new author too. If you’re in the mood for a great love story where the main characters are matched wit for wit and have very strong chemistry, you will not go wrong with this story!...more
Ah, I am just totally in love with Lauren Layne’s Wedding Belles series. I am a single woman and don’t really get the whole wedding industry thing butAh, I am just totally in love with Lauren Layne’s Wedding Belles series. I am a single woman and don’t really get the whole wedding industry thing but I really admire the passion and ambition these women put into their business, the Wedding Belles. This book focuses on Heather Fowler, assistant planner, who dreams of being a full-fledged planner with the Belles. Heather is close to having it all. She just got a brand new apartment in the city that she loves… for the most part. Unfortunately, her neighbor likes to play his music into the wee hours of the morning, making it difficult for her to sleep. When Heather goes to confront him, she meets Josh Tanner, and his muscled chest. Josh is annoying on every level to Heather, but oh man, is she attracted to him. But seeing a new woman come out of his apartment every few days makes it difficult to envision even a one night stand with him.
Josh Tanner is wildly attracted to Heather, even if he thinks she is a tad uptight about her job (something he no longer worries about). Josh is determined to live life to the fullest now that he is in remission from cancer. He is sure that living the life of a laid-back musician is the life for him…unfortunately, it’s not quite fulfilling him either.
As Heather and Josh become closer, as their playful animosity turns into deep attraction, Heather and Josh have to determine if they are willing to risk more than just desire.
The real pleasure in For Better or Worse is Heather’s story. She has big ambitions and is doing everything she can to see those ambitions to fruition. Though her newest client, Danica Robinson (think Kim Kardashian) is anything but pleasant to work with, Heather is doing all she can to make this a wedding to remember. On top of that, she is dealing with the complex feelings Josh is arousing in her. And it’s not easy because though the attraction between them is HOT (Lauren Layne knows how to create chemistry!), Heather is looking for love. She does not want a quick fling. But no matter how she tries to get closer to Josh, beyond physical intimacy, he immediately pulls away. Josh is determined to live in the moment and he may be letting the best thing in his life slip away.
Heather saves this book, big time. I liked Josh, he is a nice enough guy and I certainly understand why he is so scared of his future. But I became really tired of how Josh kept putting off telling Heather any part of the truth about his past. It became tiresome and put him in a weak light for me. Even his big gesture at the end, while incredibly sweet, came a tad too late for me. It didn’t ruin the story by any means but Josh just didn’t wow me by the end of the story.
Heather on the other hand is exactly the kind of woman I love reading about. She is unafraid to put her heart on the line. She has goals and plans. She has friends who care about her and Heather works hard to strengthen those relationships. Heather isn’t perfect (no character ever is) but I really getting to know Heather.
Also, the running joke of banana bread was very sweet and the twist at the end did make me smile.
If you enjoyed the first book in the Wedding Belles series, To Have and To Hold, I think you will definitely enjoy this book. It was nice to really dig into Heather’s character. And now, I am on tenterhooks for the final book in the series which happily comes out on my birthday. Happy birthday to me!
For Better or Worse is available today at your favorite book store....more